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    January 1, 2013

    Basketball Manitoba Board of Directors

    All Members of the Basketball Manitoba Board of Directors are responsible for upholding its mandate and the statements appearing in the Association's Bylaws and Policies. Each member holds one vote when present at an official meeting of the Board of Directors with exception to the President who only votes in the case of a tie. Members of the Board attend monthly meetings (traditionally the last Monday of the month), assist the Association at fundraising and special events, and maintain the portfolio specific to their duties assigned.

    Basketball Manitoba's current Board Members are...

    President - Ross Wedlake

    Ross Wedlake has been involved in basketball for over 40 years as a player, coach and now as an official. He coached the Varsity Boys basketball program at Kildonan-East for 20 years, worked as an assistant with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen for 12 years, coached the Varsity Girls at Tec Voc High School and River East Collegiate and the JV Boys and Varsity Girls at St. John's High School. He was a two-term member of the MHSAA Board of Directors and presently a member of the Board of Sport Manitoba and the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE). He is an active coaching Learning Facilitator for Coaching Manitoba and Basketball Manitoba and is the present Chair of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted as a player in 1996). He retired as the Vice Principal of St. John's High School after 34 years as an educator in 2005.

    Vice President - Tanya McKay

    Tanya is the current Women's Basketball Coach at the University of Winnipeg and is very involved in the basketball community.  She has coached basketball at the high school and university levels for over 25 years.  Originally from Nova Scotia, Tanya played at the University of Winnipeg for 5 years and was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in the Players category in 2003.  She coordinates a number of player development camps throughout the year and has been very involved in the Manitoba Provincial Team program.  She guided the Manitoba 17U Female team to a Gold medal in 2014.

    Treasurer - James Dark

    James Dark has been active in the basketball community for the past 15 years.  He currently serves as Vice-President and Tournament Director for the Jr. Bison Boys Basketball Club.  As the proud father of two sons, he has coached and managed their teams as they progressed from the early days in the WMBA through Club basketball and to High School basketball.  James is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

    Director - Kirby Schepp 

    Kirby Schepp has been an active basketball coach since 1993 and is currently the Head Coach of Men's Basketball at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He was Manitoba's Canada Games Male Coach in 2009 and has served as the Head Coach of Canada Basketball’s CP Prairie Region Boy's Program from 2005 to 2009 (involved since 2001) and is one of Basketball Manitoba's most active NCCP Course Conductor (Levels 1-3). He is also very involved in the redevelopment of the NCCP model at the national level and is one of Manitoba's few Master Learning Facilitators. He held the position as Manitoba's High Performance Provincial Coach from 2007 to 2009.  His past experience with basketball coaching has been that of President of the MBCA, university assistant coach and university athlete at the University of Winnipeg. Kirby was also named both the AAAA Boys Coach of the Year and the Coaching Manitoba School System Coach of the Year in 2007. Kirby has also been an assistant coach with Canada's Cadet National Team.

    Director - Edwin Garing

    Born and raised in Winnipeg, Edwin Garing has been an active member of the basketball community since 2010. He started coaching in the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (WMBA) and at the Winnipeg Athletic Association for Youth (WAAY) with players ranging in ages 6 to 13.  He is a current member of the WAAY Board of Directors and the Technical Committee for Basketball Manitoba.  Edwin has also coached the Winnipeg Tykes and PeeWee Divisions with the North American Basketball Association (NABA) for the past number of summers.

    Director - Glenn Matsumoto

    Glenn Matsumoto has been involved in basketball for over 30 years as an official and coach. Glenn has been elected to the MABO Director of clinics. He has been with the Junior official clinics from the beginning. Glenn is a provincial clinician for officials and has conducted clinics throughout the province. He also is a provincial evaluator of officials. He has coached the Freshmen Boys basketball team at River East. He has coached WMBA girl’s teams and most recently the Swoosh, a senior women’s team. He retired as the Principal of Sun Valley Elementary School after 36 years as an educator in 2014.

    Director - Dirk Leavesley 

    Dirk has been involved in the Basketball community since 2008, first coaching at the Maples Community Center, later creating a building the Manitoba Rebels basketball program. Dirk has been involved on all levels of basketball, including ages 7 years old to college. His resume includes acting as convener for the Maples basketball club (2012-2015) and Coach (2008-2012), Assistant Coach Red River Rebels (2015) Director with the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (2014), Head Coach of the 16U Team Manitoba boys team for the NAIG games (2017), and now active Head Coach for the Maples JV team (2014-Present).

    Director - Chino Argueta

    Chino is the Business Development and Operations Manager at the University of Winnipeg Recreation Services.  Chino has sat on the Board of the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association and the SWISH Summer Basketball program, along with a number of other youth based boards and committees.  Prior to working at the University of Winnipeg, he worked with the Youth Agencies Alliance and at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre in Winnipeg.

    Director - Chiranjit Goswami

    Chiranjit Goswami has been coaching basketball since 1995, first gaining experience at Acadia Junior High, before becoming involved with regional and WMBA district teams. He continued coaching at College Beliveau (JV and Varsity Boys) and JH Bruns (JV Girls) while attaining his NCCP Coaching Certification. In 2007, Chiranjit began his involvement with the Winnipeg Wolves Basketball Club and currently serves as the club's Director of Operations. Over the past decade, his Wolves Boys teams have captured five Club Provincial Championships. While Head Coach of the Manitoba 14U Boys Provincial program between 2010 & 2011, Coach Goswami guided the 2011 Manitoba 14U Boys team to a Silver Medal at the Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops.  In 2015, Chiranjit was the Assistant Coach on the Manitoba 16U Boys Provincial team that won another WCSG Silver Medal. While the Assistant Coach for the Varsity Boys team at Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Chiranjit also helped organize the 2014 & 2015 Next-Level Hoops All-Star Showcase. Coach Goswami currently coaches the Winnipeg Wolves Varsity Boys program and is an assistant coach for the Varsity Boys team at Dakota Collegiate.

    Director - Arlyn Filewich

    Arlyn Filewich is new to the Board but brings with her a vast array of experiences in basketball spanning more than 35 years.  Arlyn is a former player, having played basketball in Manitoba at the Junior High, High School, University and Provincial team levels. She also represented Canada as a member of the National B team in 1987 and on the National Junior team in 1988. Arlyn was an integral member of the VMC Trojan Girls powerhouse teams of 1986- 1988 that were recently inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Following her 5 year playing career as a U of M Bison, Arlyn began her teaching and coaching career at Fort Richmond Collegiate where she coached Varsity Boys, Girls and JV Girls as well as at her local community club over a 25-year period. Now, as a parent of three provincial level athletes, she continues to coach in the 2001 Junior Bison Boys program, where they have enjoyed enormous success. Arlyn’s greatest joy is watching her children excel in sports and especially at the game she loves!

    Arlyn works as a staff officer at the Manitoba Teachers’ Society where she advocates for Manitoba’s public school teachers on a daily basis. Arlyn’s work in her community and within the teachers’ union has provided her with solid governance and fiduciary experience that will be an asset to the Board.
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